Sunaghun Creek

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodity Uranium

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002781
MRDS ID A015245
Record type Site
Current site name Sunaghun Creek
Related records 10281852

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -141.02609, 67.50987 (WGS84)
Relative position Located about 1 mi (1.6 km) upstream from confluence with northwest tributary in headwaters area of Sunaghun Creek, and about 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Yukon border; located to within 1000 ft (305 m).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Uranium Primary

Comments on the commodity information

  • Ore Material = Unknown radioactive minerals
  • Ore Material = Unknown radioactive minerals

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Hematite Gangue
Pyrite Gangue

Nearby scientific data

(1) -141.02609, 67.50987

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Analyses of three samples from three nearby localities are reported by White (1952, p. 8-9):? 1. Sample no. 48AWe90 is heavy mineral concentrate from stream gravels and contains an altered unknown uraniferous mineral containing Fe, Ti, Al, and Si, and 0.016% eU at 8200:1 concentration ratio;? 2. Sample no.48AWe99 is heavy mineral concentrate from disintegrated rhyolitic dike and contains unknown orange and translucent Ca- and P-bearing uraniferous mineral with dull luster, and 0.060% eU at 2000:1 concentration ratio; also contains hematite with uraniferous impurity;? 3. Sample no. 48AWe100 is from crushed fragments of fresh rock at same locality as sample no. 48AWe99, and contains minute radioactive particles on weathered surfaces and altered fractures in euhedral pyrite, and 0.030% eU at 450:1 concentration ratio.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Sheenjek

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015245
Unknown MF MF 403-3,4,5
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF CO005

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Coleen quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Map MF-403, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    White, M.G., 1952, Reconnaissance for radioactive deposits along the Upper Porcupine and Lower Coleen Rivers, northeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 185, 13 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = White (1952)

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Lode
Deposit Other Comments = Not considered a commercial source of uranium

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 12-SEP-1996 M.T. Powers U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 12-SEP-1996 D.F. Huber U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 12-SEP-1996 J.M. Schmidt U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 12-SEP-1996 J.H. Dover U.S. Geological Survey